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We were looking for a cosy place for lunch after our hike & settled for 名厨车老板, located beside Casuarina Curry (cuz we had that for breakfast!🤣). It is a Hong Kong style restaurant with a wide range of food selection, ranging from roast meats, zichar, dimsum to toasts. 😉
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What makes a good plate of Wanton Noodles? 🤔 To me, all the various elements play a part – the noodles, wantons, char siew & not forgetting the sauce. 💕
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Here is how I think their rendition ($4.50) fared:
🔹️The noodles are allegedly imported from Hong Kong & boasts of egg fragrance. While I really liked the texture of the egg noodles - springy with a firm bite ✔, there seems to be a lack of flavor & fragrance. Found the soy sauce that coats the noodles to be overly modest, making the noodles a rather plain-tasting one. 😔
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🔹️The wantons claimed to be the authentic HK-style, with a prawn in each one. While I did not manage to verify that claim (cuz I only found out later 🤣), the dumplings were plump with lightly-seasoned minced meat filling with a good chew. 😋😋😋 The wanton skin was thin & silky smooth which held the generous filling nicely. 👍🏻 Would be better if the dumplings were more well-seasoned!
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🔹️Their char siew was relatively lean but not overly tough, which was to my liking. 👌🏻 Could be more tender though! I’d very much like my char siew to be more charred for that deep aroma & to be coated generously with the savoury sticky savoury-sweet sauce, but this one did not tick those boxes.😔
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And what’s with that 2 meagre stalks of kangkong – for décor? 😭 Veges cant be so pricey right! On the whole, this plate was nothing more than ordinary. While it wasn’t bad, I felt it was lacking in depth of flavours. Maybe this would fit the bill of an healthier option.